WateR Brings Life
Canals are not just bodies of water. They bring life and vitality to parts which would otherwise be barren and lacking. They help irrigate the lands they pass through and open up new avenues of commerce and transportation. They are like arteries, pumping lifeblood and transforming every region they pass through.
The most inspiring part about canals is the fact that they are man-made. Through our effort we furrow the earth, creating fissures to bridge the gap between what is and what could be. Through our effort we increase our agricultural yield and reduce our transportation costs. We are responsible for transforming our world for the better.
Our grandest achievements would include the Suez and the Panama which connected the Indian to the Atlantic and the Atlantic to the Pacific. The greatness of our success, however, cannot be measured merely in the increased commerce they generate but in the confidence they inspire in us to take charge of our own destiny.
“With a partnership that includes 15 nations and with 68 nations currently using the ISS (International Space Station) in one way or another, this unique orbiting laboratory is a clear demonstration of the benefits to humankind that can be achieved through peaceful global cooperation.”
— Charles Bolden & John Holdren
“In the history of humanity, there have been many languages, including French, that have served as universal languages: Latin, Chinese, Arabic, and more. Yet none of them ever ruled the world the way English does today…
English is becoming a universal language such as humans have never had before.”
— Minae Mizumura
“When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, ‘See! This our father did for us.’”
— John Ruskin
“And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.”
— John F. Kennedy